Mass Murder in Houston Author:John K. Gurwell "Mama...I killed Dean!" — Millions of television viewers heard this anguished cry on August 8, 1973. It was blurted into a telephone by 17-year-old Wayne Henley of Houston as cameras whirred and bright lights bathed him. Henley had told police he killed Dean Corll in self-defense. He had led them to a remote shed where he said Corll, a sadistic h... more »omosexual, had buried two youths he had slain.
But police unearthed 17 bodies in the shed--and suddenly Wayne Henley no longer was an innocent teenager who had killed to save himself. Before they were through, police had disinterred the remains of 27 youths--some of them sexually mutilated--and had unraveled a horror tale of sex, sadism and wanton slaughter that shocked the world. It was the largest mass murder in the country's modern history.
This book contains that story. The story of Dean Corll, who ran a candy store but whose white van was equipped with hooks and whose bedroom was covered with plastic and furnished with a "torture board," handcuffs, weapons and erotic paraphernalia. And the story of Wayne Henley and David Brooks, who were first Corll's friends, then his procurers and, finally, his accomplices...
the complete story, never before told, as written by John K. Gurwell, co-author of "Eyewitness" and for 40 years a newsman recording the strengths and frailties of the human condition.« less